advice needed on adding new hard drive

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by thefreakshow, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. thefreakshow

    thefreakshow New Member

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    hi guys, im new here, and im looking to add a new hard drive to my current series 2 HUMAX box (beginning 590-) and figured id come here for a few pointers:

    • the hard drive i am looking to add is a 200GB drive. will tivo recognize the full 200 automatically or will it only recognize the 137?
    • where should i purchase the mounting bracket? and do i need any "extras" (or "deluxe") packages? what should i expect to spend on this?
    • how long does the entire process take, from the time the box is opened until the new HD is operational? i would assume the majority of the time will be spent backing up the current factory HD

    any other feedback/advice is more than welcome! thanks!
     
  2. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    1: Yes, all 200 GB will be used.

    2: I'd relpace the drive with the 200GB one.

    3 A couple hours at most.
     
  3. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    You do need an IDA drive (Not SATA) I would also recommend you consider only using one drive. Here are some reasons why you might want to stay with one drive:

    1. If you haven't purchased the 200 gig drive yet, Bigger drives are cheap and the mounting brackets will cost you as much as going from 200 gig drive to a 300 gig drive (I paid $86 for a 300 gig seagate when I upgraded my Humax T800).
    2. In 2 drive systems if either drive fails you loose everything.
    3. Nice to have the original drive as a backup if the new drive fails or you want to sell the unit and keep the bigger drive.

    The weaknees upgrade instructions work great:

    http://tivo.upgrade-instructions.com/index.php

    Good Luck!

    atmuscarella
     
  4. skw

    skw Tivo Hacker Level 1

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    Seagate 400GB Ultra ATA/100 8MB Buffer ST3400832A-RK - Retail Hard Drive Kit.
    Capacity: 400GB
    Seek Time: 8.5ms
    7200RPM
    8MB Buffer
    5 Years Limited Manufacturer Warranty
    Regular Price $284.99

    Limit 1 per Household.
    $189.99 Store Price
    $139.99 After Rebates

    Outpost has this drive is on sale now, Good at least through today, with a rebate that runs for purchases through 3/2. I got a 250 for my first unit, but my other 250 Gig drive filled up, so I may get this one as well. Not sure whether I am going to put it on my PC to host videos, or on one of the Tivo units directly.
     

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